Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1753
F: (304) 343-2867

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1995)

M.B.A., West Virginia University (1995)

B.S., West Virginia University (1991)

  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
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Scott E. Barnette


An attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Scott focuses his practice on energy transactions, compliance title issues,  commercial real estate and construction law. His transaction experience includes negotiating and drafting contracts and agreements, managing and coordinating due diligence, and analyzing surface and mineral title issues. 

Scott's construction-related work involves contract review and preparation, practical project planning and management, and general representation of clients through every phase of a construction project.  In addition to his legal work, Scott has two decades of experience as a licensed general contractor, which gives him a unique perspective when representing clients in the construction industry.

Prior to joining Bowles Rice, Scott served as general counsel to the West Virginia Military Authority, where he frequently managed a variety of construction issues, including contract negotiations, disputes and resolutions.  He has also worked as a real estate broker and a certified general real estate appraiser.

He also serves as a member of the West Virginia Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board and previously served as a member of the MBA Advisory Board to the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. He also taught organizational leadership as an adjunct professor at the University of Charleston.

Professional Highlights

  • Member, West Virginia Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board
  • West Virginia Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • West Virginia Licensed Title Insurance Agent for Several National Title Insurance Companies
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Former Adjunct Professor, University of Charleston 
  • General Counsel, West Virginia Military Authority (2009-2013)
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Gas & Oil Association of WV, Inc.
  • Metallurgical Coal Producers Association
  • West Virginia State Bar Association